Fighting tuition hikes, mobilizing for free public higher education: from Chile, Puerto Rico and the UK to Zuccotti Park
In this edition of Education Radio, we report on world-wide student resistance to the attacks on public higher education, along with the story of neoliberalism as it threatens the future of public higher Ed in the U.S. Emerging from the Occupy movement, advocates calling for a student debt strike that includes the vision of free college tuition will present their case.
The first part of the show, features reports from Puerto Rico, the UK, and Chile, where sustained, mass mobilizations of youth have sought to halt enormous tuition hikes.
We next hear from labor activist and UMass academic Max Page, co-author The Future of Higher Education, who deconstructs the mechanics of a corporate-governance, privatization mentality that is squeezing the quality of and access to public higher education.
For the last part of the hour, speakers from Zuccotti Park, including Anya Kamentz, Pamela Brown, and Andrew Ross, link the Occupy movement to the crisis of growing student debt in the U.S. Each outlines the reasons for a national debt strike for college loan forgiveness and free public education.
A good part of the material for this show is collected from YouTube. Using simple free capture software, in this case MacTubes, short videos were downloaded. These video mp4 files were then converted to an audio file (WAVE) using free audio conversion software called Switch. It?s an amazing resource that allows access to direct information about resistance movements that we would never see through mainstream corporate media.